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Paul McCartney to play Nationals Park in July

Paul McCartney at FedEx Field in 2009. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

This post has been updated.

Paul McCartney -- the former Beatles legend, as if it really needs to be said -- will bring his "Out There" tour to D.C. for a stop at Nationals Park on July 12. It's McCartney's first D.C. appearance since 2009 when he performed at FedEx Field. Reviewing the show, The Post's David Malitz called it "one of those shows that left you feeling tingly on the way home."

This was not a spectacle; it was a rock-and-roll show. After noting that the Beatles' first U.S. gig 4 1/2 decades ago was in Washington, McCartney joked, "We've got bigger amps now!" But save some well-placed pyrotechnics during an appropriately explosive version of "Live and Let Die," there was nothing over-the-top about the performance. Fronting a modest five-piece band, McCartney smartly let his songs serve as the centerpiece, and they were played with passion and precision.

McCartney -- who, gosh, is now 70 -- comes during a 12-day break in the home schedule for the Nationals and adds to the ballpark's short history of hosting big-name musical acts: Bruce Springsteen performed there last September after appearances by the Dave Matthews Band (2010) and Billy Joel and Elton John (2009).

Update: Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m. through Prices range from $49.50 to $255.

Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.



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